MORE than $114 million is up for grabs for south-west construction companies after the state and federal governments encouraged them to bid for contracts to complete works on the Warrnambool rail upgrade.
Expressions of interest are being sought for the multi-million-dollar contracts to design and build important aspects of the upgrade which will allow for a fifth daily return service between Warrnambool and Melbourne and building a new crossing loop, signalling upgrades between Waurn Ponds and Warrnambool, level crossing upgrades and train stabling facilities at Warrnambool.
The upgrade will help pave the way for VLocity trains to run to Warrnambool.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the design and construction work for the upgrades would provide a “great opportunity for local contractors and suppliers to get involved, bringing wider benefits for south-west Victoria”.
Victorian Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said a new crossing loop on the line would make it easier for trains to pass each other.
“Upgrades to level crossings along the line will make crossings safer for motorists and train passengers,” she said.
Construction is scheduled to begin by late 2019, with a completion date of late 2020.